Smart Car Collides with SUV

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Smart Car Collides with SUV
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Two car collision, a Smart Car vs a Ford SUV, after 1:00 pm on Tuesday at De La Vina and Ortega Streets. There was one minor injury, a sore neck.

The Smart car got bounced up on the sidewalk and the Ford needed to be towed.

De La Vina was closed from about 1:20 to 2:00 pm.

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CivilEngineer Nov 08, 2017 10:18 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

I give all Smart Car drivers their due. They are willing to drive fuel efficient vehicles that might not protect them in accidents with big hulking SUVs. Same with bike riders. You know how distracted many drivers are these days, you really are risking your health when you do this.

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 01:24 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

OK. I get it. You are set in your ways, and want the world to only as you see fit. I am more interested in diversity, exploring a variety of options, and fun. Happy to part ways with you. POTATO.

SBPaul Nov 08, 2017 11:43 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

I made a statement that could help people make informed decisions about safety. You don't know physics. I hope you can find a way to spell potato with less hyphens and letters.

SBPaul Nov 08, 2017 11:16 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Great. I want to be in the car that gets bounced onto the sidewalk. You are right that sounds like a ton of fun. I also want to be the guy that pulls infront of a small suv and be at fault. you win. i am dumb sorry

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 11:07 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Your insulting comments do not warrant much of a response. I like Smart cars. You do not. Shall we leave it at that? Po-TAY-tow/Po-TAH-tow. Have a happy day!

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 11:11 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

"The Smart car got bounced up on the sidewalk and the Ford needed to be towed."

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 10:45 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Smart car is totaled? How do you know? Sorry if that is so. I hope the Smart owner will weigh in here to verify.

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 11:12 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Did you miss this part of the story? "The Smart car got bounced up on the sidewalk and the Ford needed to be towed."

SBPaul Nov 08, 2017 10:39 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

The smart car is likely totaled and you dont read signs well. Its one way on DLV and the smart car had a stop sign and pulled out illegally resulting in it getting flung nearly 180 degrees into the opposite side of the street. The ford lost a bumper and likely has about 2k in damages. The smart car took an impact to a structural part of its side protection and will at least need a new door but likely is totaled the owner is laying in bed wishing he looked the one direction he needed to before he sprinted into an intersection.

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 10:27 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Seriously? check the image and this story again....which car will be spending the most time at the body shop?

StevenLeuck Nov 08, 2017 09:35 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Wow, who'd a thunk the Smart Car would win out over the Ford. Way ta go little guy!

ZeroHawk Nov 08, 2017 08:48 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

i live on this block and have seen way too many accidents. we have asked the SBPD to set up officers right near this intersection and on the opposing side down on Bath. This is a 25mph zone. If that SUV and 'smart' car were actually driving 25mph, this would not have happened. period. there are about 12 families and several elderly people and handicapped folks in this area and we REALLY do NOT need you speeding down our streets....trying to cross this intersection with my daughter can take up to 5 minutes before anyone yields and lets us cross.

SBPaul Nov 08, 2017 09:06 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Every neighborhood has become victim to this. Last year we had 2 traffic officers for our entire city. Like basically 1 at a time at any given hour. With Murillo as mayor we should not expect more police funding when there are more pressing issues like homeless needs...

Roger Nov 08, 2017 10:09 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Your Welcome go with alittle at first it's working for me some much better than Alieve, vicoden, or any other so called pain killers..

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 07:21 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

(a happy Smart car owner here) Looks like the Smart won the battle! (sorry about injuries!) GREAT little cars for around town. Easy to park, which is nice, in SB's sometimes tough parking situations. They hold their own, speed-wise on the highway, but I am cautious about highway driving due to size.

SBPaul Nov 07, 2017 05:45 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Collapsable space is the answer. Notice the "smart car" was flung into the sidewalk like a hockey puck. The Ford did its job by absorbing the impact. I am guessing the sore neck is from the smart car and is going to be major whiplash tomorrow morning. The Ford driver may have a little bruising from the airbag and seatbelt.

SBPaul Nov 07, 2017 04:26 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

They are crazy dangerous beyond 50mph. Safe for city streets but you can look up crash results for them. They have no collapsable space front rear or side so once you get up to highway speed you are basically in a steel cage that is designed to bounce off barriers. Coupled with their lame fuel efficiency per payload and you have what amounts to be a trendy golf cart that got some decent initial marketing. A mini cooper s is safer and gets better milage per payload.

Mas Gaviota Nov 10, 2017 03:26 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

The commenter was referencing a Smart car running into a fixed object, so my physics is not "leaking" Smart cars do have substantial crumple zones and the safety cell is very strong. They actually out perform much larger vehicles in ofset collision tests.

a-1511127593 Nov 09, 2017 06:23 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

MAS GAVIOTA, your physics are leaking. When two cars collide, the same force is applied to both (or, if a car hits a wall, the same force to the car and to the wall). Same force with lower mass equals much higher acceleration. By having essentially zero "crumple" zone, this acceleration is exacerbated even further as far as safety is concerned.

Mas Gaviota Nov 08, 2017 12:42 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Force equals mass times acceleration. A lighter car that crashes into a fixed object is subjected to less force than a heavier vehicle that crashes into a fixed object at the same speed. Sir Newton laid that down over three hundred years ago.

Mas Gaviota Nov 08, 2017 12:42 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Force equals mass times acceleration. A lighter car that crashes into a fixed object is subjected to less force than a heavier vehicle that crashes into a fixed object at the same speed. Sir Newton laid that down over three hundred years ago.

Mas Gaviota Nov 08, 2017 12:43 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Force equals mass times acceleration. A lighter car that crashes into a fixed object is subjected to less force than a heavier vehicle that crashes into a fixed object at the same speed. Sir Newton laid that down over three hundred years ago.

Mas Gaviota Nov 08, 2017 12:43 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Force equals mass times acceleration. A lighter car that crashes into a fixed object is subjected to less force than a heavier vehicle that crashes into a fixed object at the same speed. Sir Newton laid that down over three hundred years ago.

Mas Gaviota Nov 08, 2017 12:44 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Force equals mass times acceleration. A lighter car that crashes into a fixed object is subjected to less force than a heavier vehicle that crashes into a fixed object at the same speed. Sir Newton laid that down over three hundred years ago. But thank you for the physics lesson.

Mas Gaviota Nov 08, 2017 12:44 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Force equals mass times acceleration. A lighter car that crashes into a fixed object is subjected to less force than a heavier vehicle that crashes into a fixed object at the same speed. Sir Newton laid that down over three hundred years ago. But thank you for the physics lesson.

Mas Gaviota Nov 08, 2017 12:44 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Force equals mass times acceleration. A lighter car that crashes into a fixed object is subjected to less force than a heavier vehicle that crashes into a fixed object at the same speed. Sir Newton laid that down over three hundred years ago. But thank you for the physics lesson.

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 12:44 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Force equals mass times acceleration. A lighter car that crashes into a fixed object is subjected to less force than a heavier vehicle that crashes into a fixed object at the same speed. Sir Newton laid that down over three hundred years ago. But thank you for the physics lesson.

Mas Gaviota Nov 08, 2017 12:44 PM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Force equals mass times acceleration. A lighter car that crashes into a fixed object is subjected to less force than a heavier vehicle that crashes into a fixed object at the same speed. Sir Newton laid that down over three hundred years ago. But thank you for the physics lesson.

SBPaul Nov 08, 2017 10:46 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Your extra vehicle took thousands of gallons of fuel to create. DUH. Be safe maybe get a helmet.

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 10:42 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Oh my! IF I was shopping for a vehicle that would transport more than 2, I clearly would not be going to the Smart car showroom. Same if I wanted to tow something. That was not my criteria. DUH. I liked the fuel efficiency, parking ease, and the fun of it. To ac to the "danger" of mine, it is a convertible. I might add, this is not my only car. I am fortunate enough to have another option for freeway driving and seating more humans, and towing should that be necessary. I did not purchase this car because of a death wish. : )

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 10:36 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Sorry....my over 6' friends fit just fine. There is lotza leg room. Just wondering, have you EVER actually been in a Smart? Leg room is shockingly plentiful. They are fun, little cars. Not sure you read my comments. I said I am cautious on the freeways. I enjoy the little car on city streets. I'm rarely on the freeway. It would be highly unusual for me to drive my Smart at 70 mph on city streets. Can you imagine? Not sure there is a good vehicle option for a 70 mph collision with a fixed object. Hope none of us have such an experience, in anything! BTW...what do you drive?

SBPaul Nov 08, 2017 09:03 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

No, I can't fit in because I am taller than 6'1. But let me make this clear enough for you to read: If you are traveling at 70 mph in a smart car and you collide with a fixed object you will very likely be dead after the collision. They test fine at in town speeds because the amount of force required at 45mph does not require collapsable space, you can make a steel cage that will protect the driver from the impact at 45. The issue comes in at speeds over 50 when you need more collapsable space to protect said driver. The space allows for energy to dissipate over time. I can't teach physic in the comment section. You obviously have the means to have afforded the classes that would have given you this knowledge if you own such a great "luxury economy" vehicle. I am sure you can zip on the freeway with great agility and ease. Does not mean that its a safe move.

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 08:14 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Huh? Ever driven a Smart car? Smarts can hold their own speed-wise on highway. It's just the size that can be intimidating....and it's a bit boxy so wind can be a factor. So I'm cautious about freeway driving....but, there's absolutely no problem keeping up with the flow when in highway traffic.

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 08:14 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Huh? Ever driven a Smart car? Smarts can hold their own speed-wise on highway. It's just the size that can be intimidating....and it's a bit boxy so wind can be a factor. So I'm cautious about freeway driving....but, there's absolutely no problem keeping up with the flow when in highway traffic.

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 08:14 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Huh? Ever driven a Smart car? Smarts can hold their own speed-wise on highway. It's just the size that can be intimidating....and it's a bit boxy so wind can be a factor. So I'm cautious about freeway driving....but, there's absolutely no problem keeping up with the flow when in highway traffic.

SBPaul Nov 08, 2017 08:05 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

Good for you! How do you deal with a third person or what if you need to tow something? My guess is you don't need those things. Its a gimmick and its resale value is reflective of that. Its like someone said a prius is just not green enough so lets hate ourselves even more and cram into a tiny box that has no meaningful protection and provides no real added fuel economy compared to other comparably priced autos. If you really want to go green get an actual golf cart. You won't be tempted to hop on the highway and your in town fuel economy will be ∞. Come to think of it the 4 seater golf carts have more space for people and heck it never rains here anyway. But I know that does not look super hip.

a-1511127593 Nov 08, 2017 07:48 AM
Smart Car Collides with SUV

https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/smart/fortwo/safety Smart got 8.9/10. Not bad.

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